Difference at Royal Liverpool is as plain as brown and green

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The changes in the course conditions at Royal Liverpool from 2006 to this week have to be seen to be fully appreciated.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 1:21 a.m.

The Open Championship is just now teeing off, and much of the talk this week has been on the difference in the course conditions at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and this year. 

We've heard all the talk about how brown and dry it was back in 2006, when Tiger Woods only hit his driver once en route to victory, and how lush and green it is this year. But nothing I've seen drives the point home like these then-and-now images of the 18th hole in 2006 and this week.

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"This is a different golf course than what we played in `06," Woods said earlier this week. "It was hot, ball was flying. It was very dusty. Now we're making ball marks on the greens, which we weren't doing then."  

For the record, the one driver Woods hit back in 2006 was on the 16th hole of the first round. The ball wound up in the 17th fairway – but he still made birdie.